Session 3

How do you say the words you see and hear in the news? In Pronunciation in the News, we take a word that's dominating the headlines and teach you how to say it like a native speaker. In this episode, we're looking at the word election.

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Activity 1

Pronunciation in the News


British Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a snap general election on 8 June. She said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the EU referendum.

Election means 'a time when people vote for someone to do a political or official job'. But how do we pronounce the word election? Watch the video and find out.

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How do you say 'election'?

  • There are three syllables: e-lec-tion
  • The stress is on the second syllable: e-LEC-tion
  • In phonemic script, the word is written like this: /ɪˈlekʃ(ə)n/

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The 'election' quiz

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More pronunciation work

If you want to improve your pronunciation even more, try The Sounds of English or Tim's Pronunciation Workshop.

End of Session 3

Join us in Session 4 for The Teachers' Room. Dan and Sian give tips on how to make dictation fun.

Session Vocabulary

  • Pronouncing 'election'

    • There are three syllables: e-lec-tion
      The stress is on the second syllable: e-LEC-tion
      In phonemic script, the word is written like this: /ɪˈlekʃ(ə)n/